Bajaj’s comprehensive lineup of 150cc motorcycles
Over the last 15 years, Bajaj has improvised itself a lot in making motorcycles, so much that it has ditched its roots as a manufacturer of India’s first popular scooter and becoming a motorcycle only maker, just like Harley Davidson and Royal Enfield. Some feel that this is actually a huge risk by Bajaj by not existing in the booming scooter market, but Bajaj strongly feels that its motorcycles are capable enough to keep it in the game.
And somewhat it manages to stay true to its belief, as the manufacturer is constantly working on upgrading its product portfolio. Bajaj knows that the market is actually shifting from puny commuters, and to be in the game, it is now expanding its lienup of powerful commuters. And perhaps, this is the reason why Bajaj has not one or two, but five different 150cc motorcycles, each of which has a different flavor of its own.
All the five 150cc motorcycles are based on different platforms, and have different body styles. This move by Bajaj is somewhat paying it well too, as all of the five 150cc motorcycles are proving out to be the best sellers in their respective segments and price points. Here’s our comprehensive story on all the five different 150cc motorcycles from Bajaj Auto.
Bajaj Discover 150S/150F
In the past 10 years, Bajaj has experimented a lot with the platform of Discover. The brand name initiated with a 125cc motorcycle back in 2005, and in its entire life span of 10 years, the Discover has been everything in a commuter segment, ranging from a 100cc motorcycle right up to a 150cc motorcycle. In the past, there was a 150cc Discover, which existed for almost 3 years, before making way for an all new generation model of 150cc, the current duo of Discover 150S and Discover 150F.
These current two 150cc versions of the Discover are the range topping models of the ‘Discover’ nameplate, and the best of what the ‘Discover’ platform has received till date. The most affordable 150cc motorcycle in Bajaj’s lineup, the Discover 150S is a bikini faired motorcycle sharing its entire design with the now discontinued Discover 125 ST, while the Discover 150F is a semi-faired motorcycle. Under the skin though, both these 150cc versions of the Discover are blessed with the same four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 144.8cc engine, which produces 14.5 PS of power and 12.75 Nm of maximum torque. Both these versions of Discover get ten spoke alloy wheels, electric start and front petal disc brake as standard equipment. While the Discover 150S retails for 57,630, the Discover 150F can be all yours for Rs. 62,002.
The latest addition to the 150cc lineup of motorcycles from Bajaj, the V15 has been successful in striking the chords of hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts and patriots with its INS Vikrant connection. A true marketing masterstroke, the V15’s fuel tank contains the invincible metal of the now decommissioned warship INS Vikrant, which somewhat raises its hype and market value. With the V15, Bajaj has brought a very distinctive design which is somewhat a combination of a cruiser and a café racer, which ultimately has turned out to be a premium 150cc commuter.
With is café racer stance, the V15 comes with some very interesting design elements, which are new to the segment, such as rear seat cowl and rear fender mounted LED tail lamp. The overall design has a lot of Moto Guzzi essence, which increases its premium value. The V15 sources its power from an all new four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 149.5cc engine, which pumps out 12 PS of maximum power and 13.1 Nm of maximum torque. The V15, for the time being, has been launched with an introductory price tag of Rs. 62,000.
The oldest motorcycle in the 150cc portfolio of Bajaj, the Pulsar 150 has been soldiering on the front of 150cc brigade since day 1. Launched in 2001 for the very first time in the Indian market, the Pulsar 150 has evolved a lot from being a brawny commuter to a muscular streetfighter. Though, considering the current lineup of 150cc motorcycles which have brought even more aggressive designs and cutting edge technologies on the table, the fact that the Pulsar 150 still manages to be the best seller in this segment of 150cc motorcycles explains you the entire story of its legendary venture in the two wheeler industry of India.
One of the most successful motorcycles in the history of India, the Pulsar 150 has seen a lot of facelifts in its entire life span of 15 years, with the current one being launched with two tone paint schemes for the very first time. The engine too has seen a lot of performance upgrades, with the current one coming with a four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 149cc engine, which churns out 15.06 PS of maximum power and 12.5 Nm of maximum torque. The Pulsar 150 can be availed at Rs. 71,585, which still manages to undercut many of its new generation models.
Till date, the 150cc segment has seen a variety of naked streetfighters, commuters and semi-faired ‘wanna-be’ sportbikes, but this particular motorcycle has turned out to be one very different and refreshing change in the segment of 150cc motorcycles. With the Avenger Street 150, Bajaj tried to play a gamble by launching the first ever cruiser motorcycle in this categhory – a gamble which has turned out to be a rewarding move for the company, for the fact that the Avenger Street 150 has now turned out to be one of the top selling models in this segment.
The most significant reason for the humongous success of Avenger Street 150 has turned out to be its entire design, which is not even 1% different to its 200cc counterpart, the Avenger Street 220. Its big bike stance is then complemented with a four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 150 cc engine, which delivers 14.54 PS of power and 12.5 Nm of torque. Though the Avenger Street 150 is available in only one color option, still it hasn’t restricted its sales. The Avenger Street 150 can be all yours for just Rs. 75,000, which is a lip-smacking value for a cruiser motorcycle.
This top of the line 150cc motorcycle from Bajaj is the best in terms of technology and contemporary feel, when all of its 150cc motorcycles are taken into consideration. The range topping Pulsar AS 150 is a semi-faired motorcycle, which in effect is a lesser powerful version of the bigger Pulsar AS 200. Designed on the platform of Pulsar NS 200, the Pulsar AS 150 has been designed keeping in mind the touring bugs and college goers, who want a big bike feel without burning a deep hole in their pockets.
Sharing its entire design with the Pulsar AS 200, the Pulsar AS 150 comes with some very interesting bits like projector headlamps, part digital instrument cluster and a semi-fairing with front windshield, which gives it an edge over its other rivals. It also happens to be the most powerful motorcycle in its segment, for the fact that its four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 149.5cc engine, which puts up 17 PS of power and 13 Nm of torque. The Pulsar AS 150 carries a price tag of Rs. 80,000.
And that’s not all – Bajaj is rapidly working on expanding the lineup by gearing up for launching the much awaited Pulsar NS 150, which is nothing but the Pulsar AS 150 without the semi-fairing and projector headlamp. The Pulsar NS 150 will bring back the much likeable design of the Pulsar NS 200 back to the forefront.